Ramp closure will affect your downtown commute for months

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- For the next six months, the I-45 Gulf Freeway ramp to I-69/288 southbound will be closed.

TxDOT shut it down on Friday.

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TxDOT will demolish the ramp that thousands of drivers use on a regular basis to navigate downtown, and build a new one.
The current I-69/288 southbound ramp exits to the left from the northbound lanes of the Gulf Freeway, which has long-plagued the interchange with weaving drivers who slow traffic and cause wrecks.

TxDOT says when the new ramp opens in early July, drivers will be able make a decision much farther back to exit to the right.
TxDOT says this should reduce congestion through the area, which includes the University of Houston campus.

During the six-month closure, TxDOT is recommending drivers on that corridor travel north on I-45 through downtown, exit east on I-10, then take I-69 southbound.

See the maps below for more on the detours.

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